As the first event in this our #GreenFuture policy series (SIGN UP TO THE SERIES HERE), we began by outlining the interconnectedness of our policies – because no policy is an island, and all policies impact emissions, equality and jobs.
Host Zoe Nicholson, who is the Green Party spokesperson for the Green New Deal, Green councillor in Lewes, and deputy leader of Lewes District Council welcomed members of the Green Party Policy Working Group (David Flint, Tony Firkins, Phil Horton) to share how each Green Party policy connects to create the systems change required to deliver environmental, social and economic justice for all.
SOME FAQ FROM THE EVENT
How are Green Party policies created?
Green Party members help shape our policies at our bi-annual conferences working together to create a pathway towards the web of change we hope to deliver. One that devolves power to communities, enhances the lives and rights of all living things, and bring justice and equity to both people and planet.
HOW CAN YOU HELP CREATE OR ENHANCE GREEN PARTY POLICY?
- JOIN THE GREEN PARTY as a Member
- COME TO CONFERENCE our next conference (Green Party members only) is in October 2021
- JOIN A POLICY WORKING GROUP you must be a Green Party member to join any of the groups, and sign in as a member to access this URL: https://members.greenparty.org.uk/policy-working-groups
- COME TO POLICY FEST you must be a Green Party member to join policy fest, and sign in as a member to access the URL: https://members.greenparty.org.uk/policyfest2021
What are the leverage points within Green Party policy?
As Tony Firkins explains in this clip transport – when you include all the aviation and shipping, is the largest sector we have to create change in, yet in solution creation, this section also has a knock-on effect for electricity creation and distribution.
David Flint makes the point in this clip that carbon tax is one of our greatest leverage points, putting a price on carbon, for The Green Party it is a carbon tax that is contributed equally across society as a dividend to protect the poor and disadvantaged from rising prices.
The second leverage point, which David shares in this clip, is corporate governance because whatever our political position is, we have to solve this problem within capitalism, and at the moment, these corporations do bad things and get around the rules because the rules are badly written. First, we can set a triple bottom line, second, the idea of sustainable cost accounting, which requires every company to have the same carbon target as the nation and a plan to get there. If the company is not accountable for its plan, it would become carbon bankrupt and economically bankrupt.